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This week's question:
I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?
Gee, this has never happened to me - HA!
Most of the time, I try to continue reading to see if I can figure out the meaning of the word or phrase in the context of the story. If it is something that I can't fit in anywhere, I'll generally look it up. To be honest, most of the time I'm too lazy, so I "decide" what it means and move on.
This has led to two instances where I ended up with weird results. The first was when I was a kid, and read the Nancy Drew books. I had never encountered the word "sleuth" until then. However, I figured it out in the context of the stories - except I pronounced it to myself as "slee-uth" (short u), because well, that's what it looked like to me. When I heard someone use the word - pronounced correctly - I couldn't figure out for the life of me what they were talking about ...
The second one is really stupid when you get down to it. I would come across dialogue where one person would use the contraction "c'mon." A lot of the time I realized what it was/what it meant, but occasionally I couldn't remember, and would think it was short for "See you on Monday." Needless to say, I would be really annoyed when one character would be talking to another one and say something (I thought) like "See you on Monday, let's go to the park." I would think to myself *what* are they trying to say??? How dumb! Though even writing it at this moment makes me laugh at myself, so that's a good thing.